Franklin earns weekly GLIAC honor

Senior sprinter Kalena Franklin of the No. 1 Grand Valley State University outdoor track and field team was tabbed as the GLIAC Athlete of the Week on Wednesday for her performance in the Big Blue Classic at Eastern Illinois University over the weekend.

Franklin hit a pair of provisional marks and had a trio of top-five finishes at the two-day event. She finished first against a number of NCAA Division I opponents in the 100 meter hurdles by clocking in at 13.66 seconds, the fourth-best time Division II time this season. She also took second in the 200 meter dash.

GVSU will split into three groups to compete in three different states this weekend at the Hillsdale Invite (Midland, Mich.), the Hilltopper Relays (Bowling Green, Ky.) and the Mason Spring Invite (Fairfax, Va.).